[ubuntu-art] New Boot Experience in Karmic

Mat Tomaszewski mat.tomaszewski at canonical.com
Fri Jun 26 12:07:05 BST 2009

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may already know, Ubuntu Karmic will get a whole new, 
shiny and flicker-free boot experience. Another words, the sequence of 
events between switching on your computer and your desktop session will 
be largely redeveloped and redesigned.

New stuff includes:
- grub 2, which will be silent, only accessible on-demand (by holding 
down Shift during Bootloader initialization),
- KMS-powered experiences for the initial boot splash, password 
encrypted filesystem and disk-check,
- Graphical boot splash that will be running on top of X-server, not 
- Graphical OS Switcher available by pressing ESC during the startup 
sequence, also running on top of X,
- GDM 2.

What's most important is: the boot will be *a lot* faster than in Jaunty 
(sorry, no precise figures yet!). In fact, the Platform Team (Scott 
James Remnant leading the efforts) aims at making the X-server start in 
*no more than 3 seconds* on a reference machine (Dell Mini 9/Mini 10v). 
What it means is that the standard boot sequence will not include 
Usplash any longer, instead, the X-session will be started right away. 
Therefore, the graphical boot splash screen will have the whole X-stack 
available, including hardware acceleration...

The important news is that the look&feel of the new boot experience has 
not been defined yet. Otto Greenslade (CC'd) is leading the work there, 
but I'm sure he would appreciate any help. Fresh, innovative concepts is 
what we're looking for (in-line with Ubuntu branding of course!), in 
particular regarding the graphical boot splash (spinners, animations, 
artwork, etc.).

The design guidelines can be found here: 

Please poke kwwii or chaotic (that's Otto) on irc if you need any 
further info!



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